Mayor introduces bill requiring $15 an hour jobs on city contracts
November 28, 2017
Mayor William Peduto last week introduced legislation to Pittsburgh City Council requiring all those receiving major city contracts to pay their full time workers a minimum of $15 an hour.
The legislation follows on his November 2015 executive order requiring the city to pay all its full time city employees at least $15 an hour. It was phased in over five years, starting this year.
The ordinance introduced last week would apply to all those receiving city contracts worth $100,000 or more.
“Today’s legislation shows my commitment to making sure Pittsburgh remains a city in which everyone can afford to live comfortably through sustainable wages,” Mayor Peduto said.
The ordinance covers all professional service contracts let by the city that exceed $100,000 and are paid completely by city funds. It requires employers to maintain records showing their compliance with the wage rule and make the records available at the city’s request.
“With income inequality growing and far too many Americans working for poverty wages under $15/hour, we’re grateful for the leadership of Mayor Peduto, continuing to ensure the city does everything in its power to create good jobs for all Pittsburgers,” said Sam Williamson, district leader 32BJ SEIU.
Violations of the requirements will be considered a breach of contract and the city will be allowed to seek damages from such contractors.
The legislation is expected to have no effect on the city’s budget.